Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Science from the Duh! Files

Coed Dorms Fuel Sex and Drinking

It's no secret to students that coed dorms are more fun than same-sex dorms. But they can also fuel very unhealthy behavior that might otherwise be moderated.

A new study finds university students in coed housing are 2.5 times more likely to binge drink every week. And no surprise, they're also likely to have more sexual partners, the study found. Also, pornography use was higher among students in coed dorms.

Some 90 percent of U.S. college dorms are now coed.

More than 500 students from five college campuses around the country participated in the study. Among the results:

* 42 percent of students in coed housing reported binge drinking on a weekly basis.
* 18 percent of students in gender-specific housing reported binge drinking weekly.
Really, we're supposed to be surprised when having your men and women live together leads to more sex and drinking?

To be fair, most Science from the Duh! Files result from reporters reading a bit of science and reporting the only thing they can understand in it, in this case, sex and drinking.

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